Alcohol Was A Friend Of Mine

By: Elizabeth Torres

The Reform Movement

Ralph Waldo Emerson, leader of the Transcendentalism movement, later on had a solid impact on American society in the 1830's and 1840's, which lead many followers to become overwhelmed by the idea of making America into a better place. The visionary, along with the Protestants from the Second Great Awakening, instituted many outstanding reform movements in the antebellum era.

Goal: To restrict or even prohibit the drinking of alcohol

The Temperance Movement

  • Alcohol was considered malicious act, and was to blame for all of society's problems.
  • If alcohol were to be restricted, it were to believe that there would be a decrease of crimes, homelessness, child abuse, underdevelopment, and suicides.
  • The movement was disputed by Catholic immigrants from Ireland and Germany.

Tactics & Success

  • Alcohol shall be replaced by sweet natural nectar found among American lands.
  • Help shall be offered by those in need of it- includes: Alcohol addicts. The church of our heavenly father opens its doors to teach its sons and daughters the opportunities available without alcohol, and it shall also lead them to accompany us in our march among American greatness, that excludes alcohol. It will also provide new clothes, and jobs if necessary.
  1. The Temperance Movement at last thrived upon the approval of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the 1919.
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Drinking was the way of life in the 19th century, it was done at all hours and for no particular reason. It sure was more widespread than it is today.